One thing that we all struggle with as a parent is the inevitable balancing act of kids and our own desires. Those of use seeking to start our entrepreneurial journey, this can sometimes cause havoc along the way. Knowing that to get things off the ground they need huge amounts of time and effort but remembering that we are doing it for the kids is one thing that I often struggle with.
If one googles “balancing work with kids” the top answer are all focused around women balancing family and kids so what about men? Despite the figures being a little out of date, 2003 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that 91% of men were more likely to be employed than compared to 62% of mothers. No wonder most of the top ranked results are for mothers.
As fathers, we often feel that the buck stops with us. It’s our duty to support the family, it’s our job to put food on the table and I totally understand that sentiment, I am in the same boat. As we grow along our entrepreneurial journey, fear may set in, “what if this doesn’t work?” or “how am I ever going to make enough money doing this to support my family? I’ve asked myself these questions, probably on a daily basis, for the last few years. The good news is that there is a few things we can do about it to counter these concerns.
One way to ease the internal voice is to go part-time in your current job. Some jobs may not allow it but I am going to assume you are able to. If you were to go part time in your job to let’s say, 3 days a week, that then allows you two full days that you can work on your side business, working with clients, developing leads all the while you still have the safety net of some income coming in.
Please note, consider financial advice before taking any actions, I don’t want you to have money trouble.
Another option, the option I am taking as I can’t go part time, is the weekend and evening hustle. Most nights, once the kids are in bed, I sit down and work on the priorities I have set for myself that day and also the week. I may not have a full days work but spread out, I can still manage to get a lot done and without the distractions of phone calls or emails. Weekends are also a great time to get work done, however, with kids around, it may be better if you stick to the evening routine.
Finally, the option that I love the most is getting up early. I’ve always been a morning person but what I’ve found is that I am incredibly productive between the hours of 6 am to 9 am. Unlike the evenings, most people are still in bed so there is an even smaller chance of distractions. You might be thinking, “it takes me ages to wake up so there is no way I would be productive” and I can’t blame you. Before I developed a morning routine, I was the same. If you don’t have a morning routine, check out my 31-day Mindset Bootcamp that is designed to walk you through the struggles that we face as a parent and aspiring entrepreneur.
One more thing, I recently got asked by my friend Mike Cbay from Ydad.com.au how I juggle my entrepreneurial endeavors and being a parent. You can check the video I made for him below. There are lots of ways that you can increase your productivity, you just need to work smarter, not harder.
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Leave a comment below this post, tell me a time that you’ve really struggled with balancing work and life commitments, how did you get over it and what you did to make sure it never happened again.
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